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Small Business Committee, Rhode Island House of Representatives

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The Small Business is a standing committee of the Rhode Island House of Representatives.

Per Section 11 of the House Rules, committees of the Rhode Island House of Representatives are assigned by the Speaker of the House.[1] After the adoption of House Rules, the standing committees are appointed each year in the month of January.[2] The Speaker and the Minority Leader are responsible for appointing minority membership on standing committees, subcommittees, joint committees, boards and commissions.[1] The Speaker has the power to appoint the chair, vice chair and secretary of each committee. Any vacancies that have occurred in any committees or subcommittees after members have been appointed will be filled by the Speaker.[1] The Speaker, Majority Leader and Minority Leader are considered to be ex officio members with voting rights in all committees but are not counted for purposes in determining quorum.[1]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: 2013 -- H 5293 Substitute A

Function

The function of the Small Business Committee is to review matters relating to the streamlining of licenses and permits, eliminating or decreasing bureaucratic steps and uncoordinated or duplicative filings, and reducing associated costs to businesses.[3][4]

Committee members

2013-2014

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.

Small Business Committee Members, 2013
Democratic members (11)Republican members (1)
Patricia A. Serpa, ChairAntonio Giarrusso
Robert D. Phillips, Secretary
Jared R. Nunes, Vice Chair
Dennis M. Canario
Robert E. Craven, Sr.
Spencer E. Dickinson
John G. Edwards
Frank Ferri
Linda D. Finn
Jan Malik
Deborah Ruggiero

2011-2012

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Rhode Island State Legislature, "2013 -- H 5293 Substitute A," accessed January 6, 2014(Section 11(b))
  2. Rhode Island State Legislature, "2013 -- H 5293 Substitute A," accessed January 6, 2014(Section 11(a))
  3. Information submitted by Speaker Gordon Fox via email to a Ballotpedia staffer on January 21, 2014.
  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.